J&K parties seek clarification on Trump remarks

The remarks by US President Donald Trump that Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested him for his “intervention to resolve Kashmir” triggered a political storm in J&K on Tuesday, with opposition parties demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should make a statement in the Parliament to clear his Government’s stand.

“(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi should clarify the Government’s stand in the Parliament. This is a very serious issue. We will not tolerate any compromise on India’s stand on Kashmir,” said Congress’s Chief Spokesperson Ravinder Sharma.

The Congress, Sharma said, out rightly rejects Trump statement about his willingness to mediate on Kashmir. “It is against Shimla Agreement wherein it has been clearly agreed upon that no third-party intervention will be acceptable on any dispute between two neighboring countries,” said Sharma.

Former Minister and senior Congress leader Manjit Singh said the assertion of Trump has “exposed weak foreign policy of Modi Government”.  “Congress Governments never compromised on national security and particularly on Kashmir issue,” he said.

J&K National Panthers Party (JKNPP) Chief Patron Prof Bhim Singh said Prime Minister Modi must clarify about “mediation” remarks the US President talked about.

“What kind of mediation has Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanded from the US President vis-à-vis Jammu and Kashmir? Does situation in J&K demand intervention of Trump,” asked Singh.

He said the statement by Trump has exposed the Government of India. “How can BJP compromise on such a sensitive issue and ask United States for intervention. (The PM) Modi must himself clarify over the issues in the Parliament,” demanded Singh, adding Congress Governments never allowed third party intervention on Kashmir.

Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), leader Ved Mahajan also asked PM Modi to end the controversy by giving a statement in the Parliament which is in session. “(Kashmir) issue is bilateral and it should be resolved accordingly between India and Pakistan,” he said. 

Former Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta, said the US President’s statement to the media was a “lie”. “The PM has not made any request to the US President. Trump is lying. India has never allowed third party intervention (on Kashmir),” he responded to a question.

Gupta, the former Speaker J&K Legislative Assembly, said India was capable of holding talks with other nation (Pakistan), independently. “We don’t need US to intervene on Kashmir,” he said.

Founder of Jammu for India Prof Hari Om said Union Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has clarified the Centre’s stand in Parliament today.